IMG_0958I like being out and about sure… But as much as I’m an extrovert – I’m introverted. I’ve been referring to it as…
Type A by day… free spirit at night!
But sometimes the introvert at me can get comfortable at home dayyyys before seeing the sunlight. I feel safe, I get busy with work or on projects, I have chores and I love spending time with the boys!
BUT I think that in order to stay home and be ok with it… you have to be comfortable there. Home is YOU…
I remember years ago Chris and I were going through a budgeting seminar and an interesting topic came up… ‘necessary spending’. I LOVED the direction of this topic from the advisors facilitating the class… it was mind blowing. Because men and women will not always be able to see eye to eye on what is necessary to each other – we’re from Venus and boys are from Mars.
The conversation went a little something like this:
“$20 per month in home decor?! How is this necessary?” Spouse A
“Because it makes me happy!” Spouse B
Of course discussion erupted in the room and we dove headfirst into a whole section about what is actually important. Obviously you need to pay necessary bills prior to splurging on any extras… but after necessary budgeting is taken care of and you can spare some change for happiness… do it.
When the boys were younger one of my favorite things to do when Chris got home was to just get out to myself or with a girlfriend an hour or two once or twice a week. Unwind! Home was a lot different with two toddlers! We’d walk around Marshalls or TJMaxx and how amazing was it to spend an AGREED upon amount without having to hide my bags with throw pillows in the car for a week. So much less stressful… forget the fighting. You get a splurge amount and so does your partner.
Overtime I’ve been able to accumulate things that I really love to decorate our home with. It wasn’t overnight and I still update things from time to time, like when we bought this house. We gave our bedroom an overhaul and currently this room is my favorite.
During a lifetime you spend so much time at home, you make memories there… you’re comforted there. And of course it’s not one specific location… I mean Chris and I have had I think 17 different addresses in the 13 years we’ve been married?! Home is where you’re HAPPY… it’s where your HEART is… where your FAMILY is. Don’t be afraid to make it what you want… your style. It should be somewhere you can’t wait to get home to and somewhere you’d be ok to never leave! That design is just a personal as the clothes you wear and the way you style your hair!
It should also be noted… don’t be afraid to make memories in it either. Sometimes guests in my home have commented about making a mess or messing something up. Just because I want it to look a certain way when you get here, doesn’t mean we can’t make a mess! We LIVE here… we make messes, make memories! Do not buy a white couch if you’re going to freak out if someone spills red wine on it! Everything in my house is either easily replaced, washed or fixed. If not – eh?! The memory or the person is always more important than the ‘thing’. So make it yours… but make it livable!
It takes time to make any house a home!
But it’s worth it!
Bedroom Breakdown:
Bed: A.R.T. Furniture (we also have the dresser)
End Tables: Joss & Main
Bedding: Quilt, Sheets (Currently on Sale!)
Curtains: Target.com
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food for the soul…

After days of being frozen inside and stuck in a monotonous schedule of work… cook…. clean… referee… sleep & repeat. I got hungry for more than chili or quick ‘weekday’ meals. So staring into my pantry knowing that I’ve got to work with what I’ve got…. I see rice… I’ve got chicken….
The wheels started turning and I planned the perfect evening with my guys. My boys are sometimes the pickiest eaters… Christopher (my teenager) will really eat anything, but if he did not get what he wants… he is going to let you know. Nathan (10yrs) eats like a BIRD and I try everything!
BUT they loved dinner last night and SO did I so I wanted to share what I did. I am working my ass off to shed a few pounds… so this is also something that is pretty guilt-free!
Main Course
Easy Chicken & Rice
  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Cup Brown Rice
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 Small Onion
  • Poultry Seasoning (to taste)
  • Dried Rosemary (to taste)
  • Garlic (to taste)
  • Salt & Pepper
Pre-Heat oven to 325° and take out a 9×13 glass baking dish. Put just a little olive oil over the chicken breasts in a ziplock bag and season them with the poultry seasoning, the rosemary and salt/pepper. Make sure everything is blended and set aside.
Sauté your finely chopped onion and fresh garlic in just a bit of olive oil until just barely translucent. They will continue to cook in the oven.
While those are going… take that opportunity to start bringing your other ingredients together in the baking dish. Lay 4 chicken breasts flat in your baking dish. Use the empty spaces around them for your rice, they’re going to be perfect little flavor pockets for it to cook!
Pour your onions and garlic over the chicken and then add your chicken broth. Make sure to get enough broth into the areas with rice to allow it to cook properly. Brown rice takes longer to cook and in my opinion more liquid… Maybe it’s just because I’m always hungry and impatient…
Bake uncovered for 1hr and 15min. Then you’ll want to take it out, stir your rice around, baste your chicken and crank the oven up to 350° for the last 30min. Continue to bake uncovered until your rice is tender.
Enjoy 🙂
SO easy and I’m going to remember that this was a HIT because both boys cleaned their plate. I didn’t even get a complaint about the onions!! HA!
Most chicken and rice recipes call for ‘cream of’ something soup and while that’s good too… my kids sense it. They hate it. Extra calories anyway… so I try to make do without!
Dessert Course
Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 3/4 cup Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional
First pre-heat the oven to 350°, of course it’s already pre-heated if you’ve just made chicken & rice… wink!
Blend the first 5 ingredients together in a mixer for just a couple minutes. Then add your eggs, one at a time! Blend all until creamy and smooth!
Then you’ll take a medium mixing bowl and mix your flour, soda and salt together. Slowly add it to the wet ingredients – or prepare for a cloud storm… HA! Here’s where you’ll want to add your chocolate chips and pecans (if you’d like)!
I use parchment paper when I bake so I took a few minutes to line the pans. It keeps the bottoms of the cookies from burning and makes them so much easier to get off the pan!
Take a regular spoon and make cute little balls before placing them about 2in apart on your cookie sheets! Bake for about 10min and then transfer to a cooling rack!
Made about 2 dozen fluffy cookies!!
Seriously… the boys ate gluten free cookies and loved them. I may also have had a few with my nighttime nightcap tea… SO. GOOD.
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